Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lock & Key by Cat Porter


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About Lock & Key

Love not only stings when you lose it, when it’s ripped away, but when it first sinks its teeth into you, it can cut just as raw and sting just as deep.

Unfortunately, I had forgotten that.

I was allegedly South Dakota's most famous Old Lady.
Fifteen years ago I had survived my Old Man’s murder and swore to myself never again.
Never again surrender my heart.
Never again sacrifice to the Club.
But that all changed in one night.

I came home and crashed into him,
and my past and present blew up in my face.
Both of us lonely, running on empty, and unwilling to admit it.
Until now.
I feel things I'd forgotten about, want things I had cut out of my insides.

Who holds the keys to betrayal?
To suspicion?
To trust?
To brotherhood?
To family?
To a bleeding heart?
Right now, I just might.
I suppose some of us have to get really dirty before we can become truly clean.


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Christy's Review:

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I love biker books- the ones that are done right. And let me tell you... this one was done right. I was hooked from the prologue and couldn’t put it down. One forty something heroine. Two heroes- one from her past and one from her present. This is their story. A story about love, loss and redemption. About family and friends, sacrifice and loyalty. And a secret Grace has kept for sixteen years...

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This is a story of my love for two men at two different moments of truth in my live. 
One man is gone forever; the other is very much alive.
Love not only stings when you lose it, when it’s ripped away from you. 
When it first bites, it can sting just as deeply.

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Grace Quillen hasn’t been home in sixteen years. Not since she was widowed and left her life as an old lady, left the motorcycle club she called home. Now she’s back. She thought she never would be, but her sister needed her and that changed everything. Grace has spent the last sixteen years never truly putting down roots, never getting too close to anyone and never really thinking about love. Then Grace meets someone that just may change everything for her...


Grace never thought she would find love again. Not the kind of love she had with Jake ‘Dig’ Quillen. Her first and only love, her Old Man, her husband. Then she met Miller aka Lock. Things were different with him than with any other guy she’d been with.

I don’t want to go into too much detail here, but there is a lot of things going on... Things with Grace’s sister, Ruby. Things with Grace’s past and her old man. Things in the present going on with the club. There are some twists and turns, and some shocking revelations. Just when I thought I had everything figured out something new would come to light that made me question what I had thought.

This is a fantastic book with a lot of STORY to tell.

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I love when I fall in love with a heroine. It doesn’t always happen for me, but here it did! Grace is a kick ass lady. I loved her. Watching how she handled herself in the past and present was awesome. Seeing her relationship with Dig was great, then seeing things with Ruby and her life, and finally how she felt about Miller, the things she did and the sacrifices she made. Miller is sexy, sweet and a bad ass biker. I adored him with little Jake. I’m not going to lie, there were parts I wanted to kick him in the junk.... but by the end, I got why he did the things he did. I also liked looking into his past- hearing his stories of the past, his brother and grandmother was great.

I seriously love books with older heroes/heroines. I love YA/NA etc, but sometimes it’s nice to read about people not in their teens and twenties. I loved that there was romance here, but it was so much more than that. It was a biker book, so of course there was some grit. There was a good amount of action and suspense. The steam was off the charts. The times Miller and Grace were together... wow!

Overall, this was an enjoyable and entertaining read. If you’re looking for a great MC book with a strong and kick ass older heroine and a tall dark and handsome biker, pick this one up! But expect much more than ‘just another biker book’. Because it is so much more than that!

Kara's Review:

My co-blogger said she's reading this... and I said why not. I didn't even know what it was about. I went in blind. I was completely hooked just reading the PROLOGUE.

Since then I have told everyone I know to put this book on their short list!! This book was great! The character build out - fantastic. The plot awesome. The dual POV and the Past & Present aspect - HOLY AMAZE BALLS. I read this book from cover to cover in practically one sitting.

Cat Porter did the world a good deed writing this story. THANK YOU CAT.

Q&A with Cat Porter:

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing short stories and poems since I was ten. I was an obsessive reader as a child, and being an only child I had an intense imagination. Journal writing has been essential to my sanity throughout my life as well. It was and is the only way I could make sense of things and feel centered. About three years ago I started writing full time again. We live in Greece now and when the political and economic situation began to crumble here I had an extremely emotional, gut wrenching reaction, and I realized I had to keep centered for my children and myself. Focusing on writing again and writing love redemption stories and continuing my children’s stories kept me sane and engaged in the positive and also helps keep me full of hope for a better day. I do it every day without fail. Like working out and taking my vitamins. No question. Ever.

When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?

I have the beginning and I have the end. Those two are always very clear. But then I have no bloody idea how to get from A to Z. That’s where the fun and the madness begins. Both L&K and Wolfsgate were written without formal outlines, I just kept thinking, what do I need to see here...what will bring me can I connect this and that....My work in progress, the new One- Eyed Jacks book has an outline.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

After having abandoned her hometown fifteen years ago upon the murder of her husband a club officer, former old lady Grace Quillen returns and immediately becomes ensnared in betrayals, suspicion and ancient club rivalries along with club member Miller or “Lock”, a man intertwined with her past. Both Grace and Lock struggle with their shared emotional past, unexpected desires of their demanding present, and an overwhelming yearning for redemption and a better future. Risky schemes, explosive secrets, and flawed decisions force past and present into an inevitable, volatile confrontation for Grace and Lock within a bike club that is fighting for its own survival.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I want to thank my readers for their support and all their good wishes, they mean so very much to me! I very much appreciate that they took a chance on “Lock & Key”, and I hope they take a chance on my historical. I really enjoy hearing from them and being in touch. Social media never ceases to amaze me as an immediate gratification outlet for our enthusiasm. xxoxx !!

About the Author:

Cat Porter was born and raised in New York City, but also spent a few years in Europe and Texas along the way. As an introverted, only child, she had very big, but very secret dreams for herself. She graduated from Vassar College, was a struggling actress, an art gallery girl, special events planner, freelance writer and had all sorts of other crazy jobs all hours of the day and night to help make her dreams come true. She has two children’s books traditionally published under her maiden name. She now lives in Athens, Greece with her husband and three children, and freaks out regularly and still daydreams way too much. She is addicted to the History Channel, her iPad, her husband’s homemade red wine, really dark chocolate, and her Nespresso coffee machine. Writing keeps her somewhat sane, extremely happy, and a productive member of society.

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